Unfortunately, due to some recent (positive) life events, I now have very little time to perform physical exercise. We're talking, sub-three mins twice a day**. Under normal time constraints I would perform some sort of body weight sequence about 4-6 times a week for about 20-30 min each session, followed by 15 mins of indoor biking. And some sort of combination of dead lift, back squat, power clean, overhead squat, push-press, or bench-press 2-4 times per week.


Diminish lose of strength and work capacity, maintain health.

Current Routine

AM: 10 Handstand Push-ups, 10 Pull-ups
PM: 10 Chin-ups, 10 Hanging Leg Lifts (hang from bar, with stiff straight knees, hinge at waist, with stationary upper body, pulling legs from perpendicular to the floor to parallel with the floor). In addition, I will randomly get the opportunity to wear a 50 lb weighted vest and do air squats or perform thrusters with the vest and two 25 lb dumbells etc.


Given the conditions, and the desired outcome, how should I modify what I am doing? Should I be doing something totally different?

Available Equipment

Stationary Bike
Pull-up bar
Dumbells: 25lb x2, 15lb x2
Kettle Bells: 35lb, 20lb
Weighted Vest, adjustable up to 50lbs


**Oopse, what I should have said is that the current activities that I perform take about three minutes twice a day. I realize that there is in fact more than that available in my daily schedule, a little more than three times that I'd say. Also, I should have stated that this period has a known end date. It should be about four more weeks.

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    You have less than 3 minutes twice a day to work out? I don't believe you, not even a little bit.
    – user2861
    Jan 2, 2015 at 1:29
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    You need to figure out how to free up more time. Can you delegate or outsource any of your current responsibilities? Are there things you can simply stop doing? Jan 2, 2015 at 2:28
  • Combine those workouts, and you could do 6 Minute Abs! If you don't get a good workout, the 7th minute is free. :-)
    – G__
    Jan 5, 2015 at 20:17
  • Just sleep 30mins less and do your workout, "not enough time" is just an excuse ;)
    – Harry
    Jan 14, 2015 at 9:46

3 Answers 3


Less than three minutes twice a day isn't even enough time to warm up to do any form of strength training. If you can't even warmup, you shouldn't do anything. Spend less time on the toilet, in the shower, and wherever else. If it's a priority, make the time.

If you just want to move around for those three minutes, use the kettlebell and do one handed snatches for a minute, then swings, then pullups. But you're joking yourself if you think you can accomplish anything remotely effective in less than six minutes a day.

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    Agreed. I am always skeptical when people claim that they don't have any time for exercising. I've personally been at a point where I worked 70 hours a week and still found time to exercise properly 3 times a day.
    – Moses
    Dec 31, 2014 at 23:55
  • @Moses - 3 times a day? Do you compete?
    – Alec
    Jan 1, 2015 at 2:00
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    @Aleksander that was a typo, I meant exercise 3 days a week, but the point still stands that you can fit a proper routine in even the busiest of schedules.
    – Moses
    Jan 1, 2015 at 19:21

Since you're saying you have less than 3 minutes per session, I'm going to firmly state that you are not going to reach any significant fitness goals. And I would very much welcome being proven wrong here.

For your muscles to grow, you need to run them through a catabolic state, and an anabolic state. The catabolic state is acquired when you tear down muscle fibers significantly through lifting. 3 minutes is sadly not enough time to accomplish this.

I am very certain that you have the opportunity to re-prioritize your time. Health should always be near, if not at, the top of your list.


Consider this: Even the pope (previous pope I think, this is actually a anekdote from arnold schwarzenegger from his autobiography total recall) has time to exercise more than an hour daily.

Do you really not have time for your health

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